Our prediction for this Scottish Cup match:
Hamilton and Hearts square off against each other at Hope CBD Stadium in the opening game of the Scottish Cup last 16. The Accies aim to claim a major scalp, but they will have to give more than 100% if they are to upset the Jambos. Teenager Ryan One is pushing for a rare start after scoring the winner as a substitute against Queens of South in the previous round.
Hearts, on the other hand, are enjoying yet another successful season, with the team sitting in third place in the Premiership standings. Since Robbie Neilson’s men are unlikely to win the national championship, we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field in Friday’s clash. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two sides played out a 2-2 draw, but away win should be considered this time out. All Craig Halkett, Craig Gordon, Gary Mackay-Steven, and Beni Baningime are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Liam Boyce):
Liam Boyce is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Burton Albion in the League One. Boyce was born in Belfast on April 8, 1991 and he started his senior career at Cliftonville.
The 184-cm tall attacker played for the likes of Werder Bremen II and Ross County as well before becoming Burton Albion’s record signing in the 2017 summer transfer window.Liam Boyce missed almost entire 2017/2018 season through a serious knee injury, returning to action on February 3, 2018. Speaking of his international career, Boyce made his Northern Ireland debut against Scotland on February 9, 2011, coming as a substitute for Niall McGinn.
Six years later, on June 2, 2017, he scored his first goal for the Northern Ireland national team in a 1-0 win over New Zealand. Liam Boyce’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a second striker as well.
Highlighted Team (Hamilton):
Nicknamed the Accies, Hamilton are the Scottish Premier League club founded back in 1874. Hamilton’s home ground is New Douglas Park, the venue which was opened in 2001. The capacity of the stadium is only 6,018. The Accies clinched their first domestic trophy in the 1985/86 season, with the team finishing the process eleven points clear of second-placed Falkirk.
Two seasons later, Hamilton repeated the success, with the team clinching their third and last Scotland Premier League trophy in the 2007/2008 season. The Accies wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home ground, while blue and green are the dominant colours of their away kit. Fellow clubs based in Lanarkshire, Motherwell, and Albion Rovers, are considered the club’s main rivals.
Speaking of the club’s biggest win, you should bear in mind that Hamilton outclassed Morton 10-0 in May 2014. Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy is considered one of the most notable footballers who started their senior career at Hamilton.